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Ways to sack out in the backcountry

Easy setup makes it simple to sway in a pine-scented breeze.

Very comfortable, easy set-up, cotton-soft yet mildew-resistant synthetic rope, solid-oak spreaders, five color combos, 450-pound weight limit, zinc-plated hanging gear, room for two, one-year workmanship and materials warranty — all very good. But packs large, a bit pricey. Minimum/maximum hanging distance: 12.5/14 feet. 10 pounds, 3 ounces. $170 (add $63 for pillow, shown). (800) 643-3522, www.hatham.com.

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Extremely comfortable, easy set-up, packs compact, lightweight, high quality, priced right, room for two or more, 600-pound capacity, many color options, one-year satisfaction guarantee — all super. But reduced durability and greater snag factor (both minor drawbacks), hanging gear excluded (unlike others). Excellent for backyard use. Minimum/maximum hanging distance: 10/12 feet. 3 pounds, 7 ounces. $90. (866) 577-3529, www.hammocks.com()
Comfortable, easy set-up, packs compact, ultra-lightweight, exceptional quality, fully enclosed with no-see-um netting upper, stout nylon fabric lower, inside pocket and clips (think light, watch, wallet), lifetime workmanship guarantee, one-month return policy — all terrific. But netting’s a breeze stopper, in brown only, 250-pound weight limit. Excellent alternative to a tent. 2 pounds, 4 ounces. Minimum/maximum hanging distance: 10/15 feet. 2 pounds, 4 ounces. $189 includes rain fly (not shown). (888) 539-2930, www.hennessyhammock.com()